Whether you come to us for general, cosmetic, restorative, preventative or family dentistry, your first point of contact will be a member of our friendly reception team. When you come in for your first appointment, they will check you in and will ask you to complete a medical history form. This enables us to get to know a bit more about you, what's brought you into the practice, any concerns or questions you may have, and any medical conditions you may have or medications you are taking that may affect how we treat you. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time so that you are able to complete this form.
You will then be taken in to meet your dentist for your initial consultation. Your dentist will carefully and thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and surrounding structures, and will also check any existing restorations such as crowns or implants that you may have. They will take photographs and x-rays as necessary to aid with diagnosis.
We perform an oral cancer check as standard during all general dental check-ups. Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, has a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than many other forms of cancer, largely due to late diagnosis. As dentists we are well-placed to spot the early signs, significantly increasing patients' chances of making a full recovery. If we do find anything suspicious, we will refer you to a hospital consultant for further investigation.
Should we find that you need treatment of any kind, we will draw up a treatment plan and explain all the options available to you, including estimated costs. This will enable you to make an informed decision about any treatments you require. We also offer payment plans to spread the cost of many treatments.